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Edmond mayor election set April 2

Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb and challenger Richard Prawdzienski will face each other on the April 2 ballot. Prawdzienski doesn't like decisions being made by the council.
by Diana Baldwin Published: February 9, 2013
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Richard Prawdzienski

Prawdzienski is against public-private partnerships, particularly the city's $11 million investment in a conference center and the development of Interstate 35 and Covell Road.

“We shouldn't bribe companies to come here,” said Prawdzienski, who is retired after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked in logistics at Tinker Air Force Base. He also has been active in the Libertarian Party of Oklahoma and is former chairman.

Prawdzienski is in favor of a free-market economy and wants to stop public-private partnerships.

“We took deliberate steps to protect the city,” said Lamb, explaining that the city will get $9 million back over the next 15 years, will own two pieces of property and infrastructure improvement in the conference center private-public partnership. “This is a great deal for economic development. I don't recall Richard being in any of the public meetings.”

Prawdzienski said he wants a two-year moratorium on changes to the city's building and zoning codes. He wants to give homeowners against zoning changes more say than the council.

“I want the neighbors to have more power,” said Prawdzienski, who thinks six families would outnumber the five city council members and he would vote against the zoning change.

“I am not sure what to say,” Lamb said. “The council is elected to represent the people.”

Lamb represented Ward 3 until his appointment to the mayor job.

“I am going to work for Edmond,” Lamb said. “Hopefully, the people will let me do it a little more.”

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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